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Reaching Critical Mass - Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

The recent unveiling of the prototype AC45 catamaran seems like just yesterday, but critical mass is being attained in New Zealand as several new AC45s come online. These wingsail-powered cats will be used to contest events leading up to AC34, where the much bigger, faster AC72s will take center stage.
Auckland (NZL) - ORACLE Racing AC45 Sea trials - Sail 3  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Current reports indicate that up to four AC45s will be in the vicinity of Wellington's Viaduct Harbor this week. Interestingly, Oracle Racing—the first team to sail their own boat—is chartering a second AC45 from Mascalzone Latino, the Challenger of Record, in order to get some two-boat testing—a first for this class—starting later this week. Be sure to check out the reports and the photo galleries, in this issue, and stay tuned for more as it becomes known. (Hint: for tech geeks, Oracle Racing's gallery of assembly images is super cool.)

Virbac-Paprec 3 - Barcelona World Race  Barcelona World Race ©

Offshore and in the Southern Atlantic, Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron, aboard Virbac-Paprec 3 have now extended their lead to 485 miles over Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernández aboard Mapfre in the double-handed, nonstop Barcelona World Race. With some 3,300 miles left to sail, this gap is now becoming a fairly important percentage of the remaining Distance To Go.

Interestingly, Peyron and Dick have now held the lead—including a 48-hour pit stop in Auckland, New Zealand—since January 23. The Doldrums are now the biggest remaining wild card, and a place where Martinez and Fernández hope to make up some ground. 'Our passage of the Doldrums is almost decided, but having Virbac-Paprec 3 as a reference to what is happening [is useful]. They are going very east,' says a hungry Martinez. 'We have to have another ten days of eating very little. We had food for 90 days and so with the food we have left we have to do some rationing. This has been a bit of a mistake on our part, the security gates slowed us all, such things are small mistakes we put down to experience.'

Puma Build - Volvo Ocean Race  Parker Worthington

Volvo Ocean Race addicts should check out the article in this issue about how media crewmembers have impacted this full-on event. Also, check out skipper Kenny Read's update on where his Puma Ocean Racing team stands in terms of build, preparation and team selection, also inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

America's Cup: Images of AC45's first two-boat test on Hauraki Gulf
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was out on the water yesterday to get the first shots of the two Oracle Racing logo'd AC45's, as they were put through their paces in a piece of two boat testing/combat, giving fans their first taste of what match racing in catamarans could look like.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Computers bring devilish numbers for the fleet
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race – On board computers are delivering devilish numbers that tell no lies. While for Estrella Damm, the rising stars of the Barcelona World Race ‘peloton trio' the five- hourly rankings report will have been a spur to keep them pressing home their advantage, pulling back miles on their nearest rivals Neutrogena and also on Renault Z.E Sailing Team.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Counting down to ocean sprint to Charleston USA
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans – For ocean sprint four tactics has been deemed the name of the game. This leg of the race is a 5,700-mile slog north from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston on the east coast of the United States of America. At almost the same time as the fleet leaves Punta del Este on March 27 the skippers will face their first challenge of ocean sprint four – the St Helena High.... [more]
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Ficker Cup day 1- Battle on for Congressional Cup place
Rich Roberts,
Ficker Cup Qualifier continues as the battle for the final spot in the 47th Congressional Cup hots up. The leaders at five to zero are Italy's Simone Ferrarese, the twenty-first ranked match racer in the world, and William Tiller (No. 35) of New Zealand.... [more]
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America's Cup: Gary Jobson on Unfurling Opportunities - Video
Vince Casalaina,
Gary Jobson came to speak at Unfurling Opportunities a forum hosted by His longtime association with the America's Cup as both a competitor and a commentator gives him a unique perspective on what having the Cup in San Francisco might mean. He's got some great stories and some good points to think about for anyone who wants to be a part of America's Cup 34.... [more]
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America's Cup: Principal Race Officer describes the courses - Video
Vince Casalaina,
John Craig, America's Cup 34 Principal Race Officer, gave the first public presentation in San Francisco about what the course area for the Cup races would look like. He's planning on using every available inch of open water in the main bay and working with all the stakeholders to make sure that works.... [more]
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Race to Mackinac exceeds 300 entries to date
Chicago Yacht Club,
Chicago Yacht Club announced just today that the Race to Mackinac 2011 presented by Veuve Clicquot has surpassed the 300 entry threshold.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race 2011 Mirabaud retires following dismasting
Barcelona World Race,
Exhausted but still determined, Wouter Verbraak admitted from the sunny, still sanctuary of Stanley in the Falkland Islands today that he and co-skipper Andy Meiklejohn went through some dark hours when they battled through two long non-stop days of painstaking work trying to repair damaged sails while aboard their Imoca Open 60 Hugo Boss... [more]
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America's Cup: Media Trials to start in Hauraki Gulf in late April
America's Cup Media,
In preparation for the inaugural America's Cup World Series this July, event organizers will stage on and off the water dress rehearsals in Auckland April 25-29 and May 2-6. These test periods will focus on refining all of the courses, support systems and management procedures necessary to stage each AC World Series event and provide a superior experience for both the teams and spectators world... [more]
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America's Cup: Two boat trialling begins on the Hauraki Gulf
Richard Gladwell,
A significant milestone in the 34th America's Cup occurred today on the Hauraki Gulf when two AC45's being sailed by crews from Oracle Racing lined up for a two boat practice session. It is the first time that two AC45's have lined up against each other. Viewers from the shore, were treated to a glimpse of what match racing could be like in the smaller version of the AC72 catamaran to be used... [more]
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SAP 505 Worlds approaching
Di Pearson,
SAP 505 Worlds is deemed as an event not to be missed for a good reason! Hamilton Island will be hosting the event along with the Australian Championship from March 20 to April first, and will feature some high-profile and surprising entries from around the globe... [more]
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The Iceman Cometh - Jablonski on CNN
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Well before dawn, Shirley Robertson and her crew checked the hotline and found out where the ice was hard and smooth and set off for Kuressaare on the Island Saaremaa in Estonia, and the 2011 DN Europeans. The conditions were so good and the stakes were so high that over 150 DN's 12-foot coffins on three sharp blades and a 6.5-square meter sail were gathered.... [more]
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America's Cup: Paul Cayard reflects on 25 years plus of pro-sailing
Erik Simonson and Vince Casalaina,
Upcoming in the next issue of Seahorse Magazine is an interview with Paul Cayard who sat down with Vince Casalaina of Image Integration and Erik Simonson of for a near two hour interview. See a six minute video clip where Cayard talks of the design development of US-61 in the 1987 America's Cup, life with Raoul Gardini, a key decision aboard EF Language..... [more]
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Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Update
Brian Townsend,
Sail-World Canada and Canadian Yachting are proud to be the Official Media Sponsors of the 2011 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. Welcome Diversicare Canada as a Silver Sponsor to the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge... [more]
Share this story 1987 America's Cup video gallery, 1987 America's Cup video gallery. The Fremantle America's Cup event in 1987 has gone down in history as one of the very best ever. Sail-World has access to the video of that wonderful event and been releasing coverage as we delve. Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a beer and spend a little time with the collection so far.... [more]
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Ficker Cup sees last Congressional Cup slot up for grabs
Rich Roberts,
Ficker Cup* hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club from Thursday through Saturday, will see eight ambitious young sailors from four countries competing for the sole remaining berth in next week's 47th Congressional Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates renews commitment to Emirates Team New Zealand
Sail-World and Emirates Team NZ media,
Emirates Team New Zealand launched an AC45 catamaran at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning, in conjunction with several other AC45's - all are expected to be sailing today. The AC45 is a 45ft long one design version of the larger AC72 catamaran to be used for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco in September 2013. Both the AC45 and AC72 carry wingsails of a type similar to USA-17... [more]
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Yachtsman Jim Clark donates to two Newport charities
Kirsten Ferguson,
Yachtsman The pioneer and co-founder of Netscape Communications, proved to be a man of his word as demonstrated today with a donation of $150,000 each to two Newport-based charitable organizations: Sail Newport and Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI)... [more]
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Sydney Hobart winner Secret Mens Business 3.5 officially on the market
Secret Men's Business 3.5 team and,
Secret Men's Business 3.5, the overall winner of the 2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart is now officially on the market. Our question to Geoff was 'Where to from here?' Boettcher responded ‘Winning the Hobart Race was fantastic and we were just blown out of the water. I am not saying we did not deserve it; we worked very hard.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race build update from Puma Ocean Racing
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Astounding activity surrounds Puma Ocean Racing in the little state of Rhode Island, USA. We feel very fortunate to be building our boat near Newport.... [more]
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GBR Gold Medalists lead fight back for Star in 2016 Olympic Events
Stuart Alexander,
Iain Percy and Andrew ‘Bart' Simpson are back in battle mode, not just against Olympic rivals but their sport's world governing body, the International Sailing Federation. On the south coast, after being two of the four athletes to unveil the Olympic countdown clock in London, they were contemplating 500 days of bump and grind and sending a message to ISAF headquarters just a few miles away. Ri... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - How media crew members changed the event
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race Media crew members were introduced in the 2008-9 race and have since changed the face of the event.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race challenge for Mapfre
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron, hold a 465 mile lead over Mapfre. This amounts to more than ten percent of the remaining 3387 miles... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 off to Namibia
Vestas Sailrocket,
Vestas Sailrocket 2, the second-generation speed sailing boat was launched from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday March 8th. The new boat is on her way to Namibia where attempts will be madfe on the ‘Outright World Speed Sailing Record'.... [more]
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Sailors Using Information from Trip Planning to the White Continent
Debra Kelman Loew,
Since IAATO launched a new public awareness campaign in 2010 for those hoping to visit Antarctica independently on a yacht or motor vessel with 12 or fewer people, it has shared its expertise and resources with many in this independent-minded community.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's start massing in the Viaduct Harbour
Oracle Racing Media and Sail-World,
Oracle Racing sailors took to the water today in their team-branded AC45. With skipper James Spithill on the helm and joined by teammembers Ross Halcrow (trimmer), John Kostecki (tactician), Murray Jones (traveler), Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen (bow) and others, the crew went zipping around the Hauraki Gulf for approximately 90 minutes in an orientation sail.... [more]
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Clarke and Bjorn Sailing Team owns the podium
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Own the Podium - Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn exemplify Canada's Own the Podium program, which was implemented following the 2006 Winter Olympics. They have been on the podium in five back-to-back regattas (Levin Memorial, Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, Key West Race Week, Miami Olympic Classes Regatta and Pineapple Cup) over the past 40 days.... [more]
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Barcardi Cup Star images by John Payne
John Payne images,
Photographer John Payne presents this gallery of images from the Star Bacardi Cup sailed at Miami Sailing Week.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race duo refuse to concede victory
Barcelona World Race,
There are mixed feelings for the pair, who will need every mile of the course if they are to overtake Virbac-Paprec 3, but equally will be missing their loved ones sharply after 73 days at sea.... [more]
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Atlantic Cup fire drill for Joe Harris
Talbot Wilson,
Atlantic Cup - When US solo sailor Joe Harris sold his Open 50 GryphonSolo in July of 2009, he had an empty feeling in the pit his stomach. His dream of racing solo around the world had gone to California as a movie prop and he felt he had unfinished business.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan International 2011 final race video
Simon Brown,
It was Gotta Luv It 7's emphatic JJ Giltinan victory in the end. A penalty turn to execute in tight company let Thurlow Fisher Lawyers get away...... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing are the first team AC45 to sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Oracle Racing team became the first America's Cup squad to sail its own AC45 when it went for a short shakedown sail in Auckland on Monday afternoon. For the first time out, the team was on the water for about 90 minutes, checking systems and ensuring everything on the newly branded AC45 was 'shipshape'. More serious testing and training will take place later this week.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing - assembly of the team's first AC45
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Oracle Racing's new AC45 has come together over the past few days in a shed in Viaduct Basin in Auckland. Quick assembly of the AC45 was a priority in the design process, it's quite a simple process. Bolt the crossbeams in place, add the center spine, plant the wing, string the tramp and off you go. OK, that's a bit simplistic, but it doesn't take an army to assemble the craft.... [more]
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Miami Sailing Week champions decided in five classes
Jan Harley,
Bacardi Cup - For the 472 sailors from 25 countries, conditions on Biscayne Bay were ideal as temperatures in the low 70s and sunny weather combined with shifty breeze to challenge them on the final day of racing at Bacardi Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank where champions were decided in five one-design classes.... [more]
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Navy Spring Women's Intersectional 2011
Ian Burman,
Navy Spring Women's Intersectional - Day one of the 2011 Navy Spring Women's Intersectional went very smoothly for the 18 teams in attendance. Promptly following the 0930 competitors meeting, the fleet headed out in cloudy and slightly chilly conditions for the morning races.... [more]
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